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Cougar Byte Podcast Featuring Cathy Kawakami

We are so pleased to be working with Certified Positive Discipline Lead Trainer, Cathy Kawakami, to incorporate Positive Discipline in our program. We invite you to listen to our podcast and, learn more about Cathy and Positive Discipline below.

Positive Discipline Doesn’t Quite Mean What You Think

Cougar Byte Podcast, Positive Discipline Doesn’t Quite Mean What You Think

Hosts: Syma Latif and Cathy Shin

Guests: Positive Discipline lead trainer, Cathy Kawakami, and our Head of Early Childhood & Elementary Education, Jane Murphy

Positive...Discipline? It doesn't sound like a social-emotional learning philosophy but it is --in this episode, our guests, Positive Discipline lead trainer Cathy Kawakami and our Head of Early Childhood & Elementary Education Jane Murphy sit down to talk about what Positive Discipline is (and what it isn't), why ACDS adopted it as their SEL curriculum, and how parents also play an integral role in supporting Positive Discipline outside of school.

"Curiosity is so important -- it's how you gain knowledge, and empathy for others." -- Jane Murphy

"You quickly notice that a lot of it is about understanding yourself better, becoming more self-aware, reflective of your part in a relationship, and understanding that at the base of it you are the only person you can change." -- Cathy Kawakami

Cathy Kawakami

About Cathy Kawakami

Cathy Kawakami is a Certified Positive Discipline Lead Trainer from San Jose, CA. She offers Positive Discipline training for parents, educators and others who are looking for an effective discipline approach that integrates social and emotional learning while reducing challenging behaviors. She has been working with schools and families for over 15 years and specializes in parent participation and cooperative school programs. She has additional training in early childhood education and is passionate about sharing Positive Discipline with others and improving relationships for all. Cathy has served on the Positive Discipline Association’s Board of Directors and regularly leads the PDA Lab School meetings. She works with local non-profit organizations to share the work of Positive Discipline near and far. You can contact Cathy through her website at

What is Positive Discipline?

What is Positive Discipline?

Positive Discipline Guidelines

Positive Discipline Guidelines